Her Boy Friend (September 28, 1924)

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Larry Semon in Her Boy Friend
 

Released on September 28, 1924: Larry Semon is a cop trying to bust up a speak easy and the rum runner that supplies it with booze.

Produced by Larry Semon

Directed by Larry Semon and Noel M. Smith

The Actors: Larry Semon (Larry the Chief's son), Dorothy Dwan (Iva Method, girl detective), Alma Bennett (the vamp), Oliver Hardy (rum runner Killer Kid), Fred Spencer (Headquarters Hank), Frank Alexander (Slim Chance, saloon owner), Spencer Bell (dock worker), William Hauber (Slim Chance henchman)

 

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The Rise and Fall of Great Comedy

Zera the Great was a Vaudeville magician who had a son named Larry who helped with the magic act until his father's early death. Larry Semon then went from Savannah, Georgia to New York City where he worked for several newspapers as a graphic artist and comedian. His cartoon wit was noticed by the new motion picture company Vitagraph and soon Larry was writing comedy gags and incorporating his knowledge of magic into short comedy films starring Hughie Mack. When Mack left Vitagraph Larry became a comedy actor and quickly rose to great fame for his short comedy sketches like this one, which also stars the girl he would marry, Dorothy Dwan, a year after this film was made. Semon's short comedies were so popular that the studio gave him complete control over his pictures, and that was the beginning of the end for Larry Semon. His immense talent for short comedy skits was not matched by his talent for producing motion pictures and when he tried to move from comedy shorts to full length dramatic stories he failed miserably, and when he became penniless and no studio would touch him, he tried to return to the Vaudeville circuit that he had grown up in, but while on tour contracted tuberculosis and died tragically of pneumonia while in a tuberculosis sanitarium at the young age of 39. Larry Semon failed to have a decades long career in motion pictures, but for a few short years he was a bright and shining star of the big screen, and this comedy short is one of the best he made, containing breakthrough dangerous physical stunts and at least one comedy element that would have been quickly banned when the Hays Office started censoring all motion pictures. Pop a little bowl of white kernel popcorn and enjoy a short comedy laugh-fest from comedy great Larry Semon.

Vamp Alma Bennett woos Larry Semon as Fred Spencer looks away
Vamp Alma Bennett woos Larry Semon as Fred Spencer looks away
Alma Bennett
Alma Bennett
Dorothy Dwan and Fred Spencer
Dorothy Dwan and Fred Spencer
Dorothy Dwan as police detective Iva Method
Dorothy Dwan as police detective Iva Method
Dorothy Dwan
Dorothy Dwan
Frank Alexander and Alma Bennett
Frank Alexander and Alma Bennett
Frank Alexander and Oliver Hardy
Frank Alexander and Oliver Hardy
Alma Bennett and Frank Alexander
Alma Bennett and Frank Alexander
Frank Alexander
Frank Alexander
Fred Spencer, Larry Semon and Alma Bennett
Fred Spencer, Larry Semon and Alma Bennett
Fred Spencer, Larry Semon and Frank Alexander
Fred Spencer, Larry Semon and Frank Alexander
Fred Spencer and Larry Semon
Fred Spencer and Larry Semon
Larry Semon and Alma Bennett
Larry Semon and Alma Bennett
Larry Semon and Alma Bennett
Larry Semon and Alma Bennett
Larry Semon and Alma Bennett
Larry Semon and Alma Bennett
Larry Semon and Alma Bennett
Larry Semon and Alma Bennett
Larry Semon and Dorothy Dwan
Larry Semon and Dorothy Dwan
Larry Semon gives Dorothy Dwan a ring
Larry Semon gives Dorothy Dwan a ring
Larry Semon falls into the river
Larry Semon falls into the river
Larry Semon and Alma Bennett
Larry Semon and Alma Bennett
Oliver Hardy
Oliver Hardy
Spencer Bell
Spencer Bell
William Hauber and Frank Alexander
William Hauber and Frank Alexander